Latest Articles on Health and Wellness

7 Important Tips for Visiting a High-Altitude Destination

You don’t have to scale a mountain to encounter the effects of altitude. In fact, plenty of bucket-list travel destinations, including Bogota, Machu Picchu, and La Paz, are located well above sea level where the air is thin and catching your breath can be a struggle. The effects of being at a high altitude can…

How to Not Get Sick in Mexico

Hotel Xcaret Mexico, Playa del Carmen/Oyster Everybody has heard the horror stories — a dream vacation in Mexico turns into a weeklong nightmare after getting sick from eating too many tasty street tacos. Whatever you choose to call it — turista, Montezuma’s revenge, or traveler’s diarrhea — you definitely don’t want it. Mexico, muy hermosa…

6 Tips on How to Avoid Food Poisoning on a Cruise

There’s no quicker way to spoil a cruise vacation than to be hit with a terrible a case of food poisoning. Of course, cruise lines take considerable measures to protect their passengers against any harm — gastrointestinal or otherwise — so the likelihood of getting ill is slim. Nonetheless, there are a number of things…

10 TSA-Approved Beauty Products You May Not Know Exist

There isn’t an air traveler in America who hasn’t felt the pain of the TSA’s liquid restrictions. Sometimes this pain comes in the form of chugging a whole bottle of water in seconds flat; other times it’s trying to curb mounting anxiety as an agent rummages through your bag in search of the offending fluid…

8 Affordable Wellness Retreats

Now hear this: Wellness isn’t just for well-to-do one-percenters. Increasingly, self-care has become accessible to everyone, whether that’s through a free meditation app or a bike-share program. But there’s one aspect of health and wellness that still feels reserved for the ultra-rich — the restorative getaway. Plenty of seasoned travelers think that a sunny, unplugged…

The Best Hotel Spas in San Antonio

Windflower Spa at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa/Oyster Things you likely associate with San Antonio: The Alamo, the River Walk, and killer Tex-Mex. Next up may be golf courses and amusement parks. Spas probably don’t make your top five (unless you’re a wellness junkie or simply in the know), but they deserve a…

Top Hot Spring Hotels in Costa Rica

On paper, Costa Rica sounds nothing short of magical. It’s a destination framed by white-sand beaches and covered in volcanic mountain ranges and primary-growth rainforests. Luckily, Costa Rica’s reality checks out completely with its description. The scenery is largely untouched and the pace is leisurely. Travelers come here to see the incredible animal and plant…

5 of the Best Hotel Spas in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona is, arguably, the spa resort capital of the United States, with cities like Sedona leading the charge in relaxing spa retreats. We’re turning our eye towards Scottsdale, conveniently located right in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area (and less than 30 minutes from the airport). Visitors can enjoy luxurious spas in top hotels,…

Our 2018 New Year’s Travel Resolutions

Though social media may make it seem like travel just spontaneously happens (in the best weather and with the most flattering selfie angles) the truth is that even for professional travel writers, there’s a lot of planning and thoughtfulness that goes in to making a trip happen. At Oyster, we’re constantly on the go and…

The Most Innovative Travel Products of 2017

The year of 2017 brought us the Oscars Best Picture blunder, the pregnant Beyonce photo reveal, and the return of “Stranger Things” (#BobNewbySuperhero forever). This year also saw the launch of some pretty game-changing travel gear, from a truly baller sleep mask to mini phone with a mighty battery — so you can stay connected…